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Indonesia to Issue Regulation on Water Level Monitoring Systems to Tackle Forest Fires


Indonesia will soon issue a regulation to make it compulsory for land concession owners to install water level monitoring systems to ensure the peatlands are kept moist. The Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG) revealed that the decree will be signed by the Environment and Forestry Minister within the next few weeks.


Funding For Pipeline Repair Sought


Expressing concern over the pipelines damaged due to the ongoing road expansion drive, the Ministry of Water Supply and Sanitation (MoWSS) has sought Rs 310 million to repair them. The ministry has also warned that water supply could be affected badly in the Capital if the sought amount is not released pronto.


Karachi Quota Must Be Doubled, Mayor Tells Commission


Karachi’s water demand is over 1,000 million gallons per day (mgd) and, at present, the supply levels are languishing at around 650mgd. Given the growth in this city’s population over the past few decades, it is imperative that Karachi’s quota for daily water supply be doubled at the earliest.


African Water Facility Supports Rwanda to Maximize Water, Sanitation Investments


The African Water Facility (AWF) provided a grant of close to €2 million to the Government of the Republic of Rwanda to support the development of a 25-year national water supply and sanitation masterplans that will guide the achievement of national universal access for water supply and sanitation through the identification of effective water supply and sanitation projects.


France Supports Sri Lanka Utility Water Management


France will train senior staff of Sri Lanka’s water utility to better manage water resources and reduce waste at a time it is coping with a severe drought amid modernisation of decades-old pipelines and treatment plants.


New UNDP Report: Pakistan Neglect Threatens Indus Accord


On Wednesday, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) released a new, “Develop­ment Advocate Pakistan”. Last week, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met the World Bank Chief Executive Officer Kristalina Georgieva and raised the Indus Water Treaty dispute.


Demand for Desalinated Water Puts Pressure on Gulf Ecosystems


Domestic consumption of desalinated water in the region is not only carbon-intensive but contributes to making the Arabian Gulf one of the world’s most salty and potentially most uninhabitable bodies of water, experts say.


Sierra Leone: Don’t Play Politics with Water


Chairman of the Water Resources Committee in Parliament Hon. Swailu Koroma on Tuesday told the people of Baoma Community that the water provided for them is for the entire community and they should not politicise it because the water doesn’t have any political colour.


Limpopo Project: Work Resumes After Industrial Dispute


Disillusioned workers at the Limpopo presidential water project in Giyani have resumed work after a month-long standoff with Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane. Mokonyane’s department, which is responsible for bulk water in SA, owes a Midrand based company called Khato Civils a service fee amounting to R256 million.


Water Commission Hearing: Karachi Mayor Requests Inclusion


Karachi mayor Waseem Akhtar, submited an application on Thursday to be made a party in water commission hearing. He said that funds worth millions have been released for cleaning of water drainage system.


Water Tankers: Business Licenses Compulsory


In a bid to regulate water-supplying tankers and drinking water business, the government has introduced a directive requiring all water tankers operating in the country to acquire business licence from the Kathmandu Valley Water Supply Management Board (KVWSMB).


Climate Change, Peru: 20 Dead as Floods Replace Droughts


Severe droughts gripping Peru have given way to some of the country’s most devastating downpours in decades, catching authorities off guard as they scramble to contain the kind of floods that climate change is expected to make more frequent.


Raqqa Water Supply Struck by Syria Coalition

BEIRUT, Lebanon

Water supply to Raqqa in northern Syria, which is regarded as the Islamic State / Daesh group's Syrian “capital”, has been cut after suspected coalition raids on the city's main pipeline.

Ukraine: Fighting Disables Avdiivka Supply


Intense fighting in the Ukraine town of Avdiivka on 29th and 30th January disabled electricity and water, including the Donetsk Filtration Station and a backup reservoir, according to the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF).